Hi, I'm Rudi, i'm 8 years old and my favourite book is 'Tarka the Otter' by Henry Williamson. Its about the life of an otter named Tarka and British Wildlife. One night i was reading the book with my dad and i said that i wanted to see all the animals in the book, he said i should do it and call it the Tarka Challenge. My Tarka Challenge started on 1st January 2012. The book contains 89 birds, 54 land based animals, 120 plants and 56 aquatic organisms.

The rules are simple, i must either see each thing myself or photograph it using my trail camera. I will try and see each thing on my local patch (Ogmore River Catchment) but may need to look somewhere else in Britain.

White Ermine

This summerI discovered that you can see some amazing wildlife without leaving your own garden. We borrowed a moth trap from a friend. It is a box with a light on it. The light attracts moths at night and they get trapped in the box, then you can go and identify them in the morning. We caught loads of moths which i had never heard off before including some really pretty ones. If you havent moth trapped in your garden before you should give it a go. The moth in the picture above is a White Ermine and although it is common it is one of my favorites. Its white fleecey head looks cool

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